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August 2, 2018

Refugees and Displaced Persons
The Humanitarian Crisis You Haven’t Heard About

The United Nations Refugee Agency reports that one person is forcibly displaced from their home every two seconds as a result of conflict or persecution. We have seen the photographs of Syrian refugee camps in Turkey and Lebanon, and read about Somali refugees flooding into Yemen. Worldwide, refugees—citizens who flee their own country for another—number more than 20 million. But that number is dwarfed by a more silent and devastating crisis: the over 40 million who are internally displaced. 

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June 27, 2018

Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
The PCUSA Against Israel

In the year 2000 the Presbyterian Church USA (PCUSA) had 2.5 million members. Now it is down to 1.4 million. and the number is still falling. The age profile of members, according to a Pew study, sug…

June 14, 2018

United States
Happy Birthday to the U.S. Army!

The United States Army celebrates its 243nd birthday today. If you see an active duty, former, or retired member of the United States Army today, wish their service Happy Birthday. The Army websit…

Army Birthday 2018

April 5, 2018

Corruption
Corruption in the Palestinian Authority

Civil Society does exist in the Palestinian territories, and one of the strongest organizations is the one that fights corruption: The Coalition for Accountability and Integrity. It was established i…

The building of what used to be a Palestinian presidential palace is seen after it was turned into a national library, near the West Bank city of Ramallah on August 28, 2017.

March 22, 2018

Women and Women's Rights
Afghanistan-Taliban Peace Talks Must Include Women Negotiators

In twenty-three rounds of Afghanistan-Taliban peace talks, women were at the table just twice. They need formal roles in any new talks to protect their own progress.

woman afghan kabul

February 6, 2018

NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization)
Why We Are Unconvinced NATO's Cyber Policy Is More Aggressive, and That's a Good Thing

A recent article in Foreign Policy argued that NATO's new Cyber Operations Center signaled the alliance was becoming more aggressive in cyberspace. Is that really the signal NATO was trying to send?

NATO Stoltenberg

November 10, 2011

Ten Whats With... Colonel Willard Buhl

Colonel Willard Buhl Short Bio I am currently a military fellow, U.S. Marine Corps, at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) in New York. I joined CFR after the great privilege and honor of comman…

Colonel Willard Buhl.

December 28, 2017

United States
Ten World Figures Who Died in 2017

I wrote yesterday about ten Americans who died in 2017 who helped shape U.S. foreign policy during their lifetimes. But Americans are not the only ones who influence world affairs. Below are ten worl…

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September 25, 2017

Women and Women's Rights
Maternal and Reproductive Healthcare in Humanitarian Crises

Voices from the Field features contributions from scholars and practitioners highlighting new research, thinking, and approaches to development challenges. This article is authored by Heather Higginb…

Heather in Uganda

September 9, 2010

China
The Downside to Made in the USA

Keith Bradsher has a largely excellent article in Wednesday’s Times that’s focused on the (possibly illegal) advantages that the Chinese government is providing its clean energy firms. In reporting t…